NAWEA/WindTech 2019 Conference


The NAWEA/WindTech 2019 Conference will take place at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on October 14 –16, 2019. This will be an opportunity for wind energy academics and researchers to discuss the Grand Vision for Wind Energy and its implications. Thought leaders from around the world will present on the pivotal role these technologies will play in the transition from a system based primarily on fossil fuels to one primarily supported by renewable energy. The conference will discuss the grand challenges in wind energy science needed for technological advancements as well as social science and policy aspects related to the transition to the renewable-dominated energy system of the future. This conference joins the longstanding North American Wind Energy Academy (NAWEA) Symposium and the International Conference on Future Technologies in Wind Energy (WindTech) and is developed in collaboration with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the European Academy of Wind Energy.

The conference is dedicated to research and education, and will include technical sessions, panel discussions, a graduate student symposium, a poster session, engineering software workshops, business meetings, social events, and opportunities for interesting excursions. Visit the  conference website for additional details.


Registration
Registration includes breakfasts, coffee breaks and lunches for all 3 days, as well as the opening reception on Monday, October 10. There will be additional charges for the optional banquet on Tuesday evening and possible field trips on Thursday. The optional banquet will be held on Tuesday evening, October 15, from 6:30 – 8:30 PM at the Inn On Boltwood in Amherst, MA. The Inn is a little over one mile from the campus. Attendees may purchase a ticket during registration ($60.00/ticket). On Thursday the conference is exploring the possibility of arranging some field trips (Block Island Offshore Wind Farm, Wind Technology Testing Center, Marine Commerce Terminal): attendees can indicate interest in one or more of these possible field trips during registration.

Click the Register Now button above to complete a registration. You will first be prompted to login to our registration system (Iris Registration) either by using an existing account or by creating a new account. Once you login you will be brought through the registration form, where you will select one of the registration options below. Payment is accepted online by credit or debit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover), or you can select to mail payment by check. For additional registration/payment related assistance, please contact the UMass Conference Services Registration Office (413-577-8102, registration@umass.edu). Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be sent in writing to the UMass Conference Services Registration Office (registration@umass.edu). Cancellations received by the close of business on October 7, 2019, will receive a full refund less a $60.00 cancellation-processing fee. No refunds will be granted for cancellations received after 5 p.m. ET on October 7, 2019.

PROFESSIONAL/ACADEMIC RATES                                   
   Early-bird Registration (June 13 - August 15) 325.00 USD
   Regular Registration (August 15 - September 30)   400.00 USD
   Late/Walk-In Registration (October 1 - 14) 475.00 USD
   One-Day Only Attendance 200.00 USD
           
STUDENT RATES              
   Early-bird Registration (June 13 - August 15) 175.00 USD
   Regular Registration (August 15 - September 30) 200.00 USD
   Late/Walk In Registration (October 1 - 14) 250.00 USD
   One-Day Only Attendance 100.00 USD
         
OPTIONAL              
   Tuesday Banquet at the Inn On Boltwood 60.00 USD
   Block Island Offshore Wind Farm Field Trip 150.00 USD
   Wind Technology Testing Center Field Trip 50.00 USD
   Marine Commerce Terminal Field Trip 50.00 USD

Optional Events
During registration attendees may select to add a conference banquet ticket and/or field trip. The banquet and field trips are optional events and are not included in the cost of registration. Additional fees apply. Register early! 

CONFERENCE BANQUET - Tuesday, October 15
A banquet for the NAWEA Conference will be held on Tuesday evening, October 15th, from 6:30 - 8:30 PM. The banquet will feature live jazz music as well as local farm-to-table food and hors d'oeuvres at the historic Inn on Boltwood in Amherst. The banquet is optional with a cost of $60 for conference attendees and $40 for student attendees. There will be bus transportation provided to and from the banquet from the UMass Campus Center. Register now and specify any special dietary needs.

BLOCK ISLAND OFFSHORE WIND FARM (RHODE ISLAND) FIELD TRIP - Thursday, October 17
Cost $150 per person (depends on # of people signing up – if less, you will receive a refund)
The first offshore wind farm in the United States, the 30 megawatt, 5 turbine Block Island Wind Farm began commercial operations in December 2016.
     - Bus Pick-Up Location: UMass Campus Center
     - Timing: 8 AM – 5 PM trip
          o 4.5 – 5 hour roundtrip drive o 2-hour tour
          o Lunch available nearby
     - The Block Island Ferry only does trips to the windfarm in the summer months, so a private boat will need to be chartered, which makes this option more expensive
     - Registration required by 9/18 in order for us to secure private charter boat
       (This trip will only happen if enough people register for it; also it could be cancelled due to bad weather)

WIND TECHNOLOGY TESTING CENTER FIELD TRIP (BOSTON, MA) - Thursday, October 17
Cost $50 per person (MAX of 40 people)
https://www.masscec.com/wind-technology-testing-center
Since opening in 2011, WTTC has run 35 distinct blade testing programs, as required as part of turbine certification to meet international design standards, entailing hundreds of individual blade tests.
     - Bus pick-Up Location: UMass Campus Center
     - Timing: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM (4 hr. roundtrip travel time)
          o 11:00 AM Blade Test Facility Tour – Approximately 1 hour
          o Lunch available nearby
          o Time to visit USS Constitution or other attractions in the area
     - All guests must have valid government issued photo ID with them on the tour 
     - Registration required in order to provide required attendee names list to WTTC in advance

MARINE COMMERCE TERMINAL FIELD TRIP (NEW BEDFORD, MA) - Thursday, October 17
Cost $50 per person (MAX of 20 people)
https://www.masscec.com/facilities/new-bedford-marine-commerce-terminal
A multi-purpose facility designed to support the construction, assembly, and deployment of offshore wind projects. The first of its kind in North America, the Terminal has been engineered to be the most versatile heavy-lift cargo facility in the nation.
     - Bus pick up: UMass Campus Center
     - Timing: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM (approx.. 5 hr. roundtrip travel time)
          o Talk by New Bedford Port Authority Executive Director on history of the harbor from commercial fishing to offshore wind, followed by boat tour of the harbor and
             Marine Commerce terminal
          o Lunch at restaurant on the harbor
          o Time to visit Whaling Museum and other local attractions


Click here to view the conference schedule